For your price range I highly recommend the Temple Forks Outfitter TiCr x. You will not find a better performing rod at any price. I wish I would have known about these rods before I spent thousands (literally) on my single handed arsenal. They cast absoloutly wonderfully and you will be satisfied. The fit and finish and components are equal to the high end manufacturers and you get a unconditional lifetime warranty (costs $25 if/when you break a rod). Mike at the Red Shed Fly Shop (www.redshedflyshop.com) is a site sponsor and offers the best customer service in the business. Send him an e mail and take one for a test drive.